After even a tiny bit of use, they stretch out and sag in the back.
He motions to the window, where the sun-soaked streets of Beverly Hills stretch out beneath him.
Hansel, stretch out your finger, that I may tell if you will soon be fat enough.
If he were allowed to stretch out after the mare, what would the result be?
But the sparrow began to flutter about, and stretch out her neck and cried, 'Carter!
Since there's no order to the contrary I mean to stretch out and go to sleep.
He lay a mangled heap at the foot of a precipice and could as yet only stretch out lame hands and feel in the dark.
It is for the Jews—that they should stretch out the hand to the Christians.
stretch out in that hammock instantly, and if you dare to move, Ill upset everything, and then therell be no dinner!
A woolen sweater is liable to stretch out of shape after being washed.
Old English streccan, from Proto-Germanic *strakjanan (cf. Danish strække, Swedish sträcka, Old Frisian strekka, Old High German strecchan, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Old High German, German strecken "to stretch"), perhaps a variant of the root of stark, or else from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (see strain).
Meaning "to extend (the limbs or wings)" is from c.1200; that of "to lay out for burial" is from early 13c. To stretch one's legs "take a walk" is from c.1600. Meaning "to lengthen by force" first recorded late 14c.; figurative sense of "to enlarge beyond proper limits, exaggerate," is from 1550s. Stretch limo first attested 1973. Stretch marks is attested from 1960. Stretcher "canvas frame for carrying the sick or wounded" is first attested 1845.
1540s, "act of stretching," from stretch (v.); meaning "unbroken continuance of some activity" is first recorded 1680s; meaning "straightaway of a race course" (e.g. home stretch) is recorded from 1841.
To hang or be hanged (1595+)
[prison sense originally ''a one-year prison sentence''; third noun sense found by 1710 in the very similar ''an exaggerated statement'']